Anton Xavier - Global CEO (co-founder)
With experience in management, operations and marketing, Anton led the FoodEssentials team from its inception in Australia and subsequent move to the US, to its current position as a leader in this niche industry. Completing postgraduate degrees in Australia, Anton gained invaluable management and marketing experience working with a variety of firms in Asia.
Dheeraj Patri - COO (co-founder)
A serial entrepreneur, Dheeraj joined the FoodEssentials team in February 2008. He was integral in moving operations from Australia to the U.S. With a strong technical and project management background, Dheeraj has led teams within Fortune 500 companies as well as his own start-up enterprises.
Dagan Xavier - Director Culture & Content (co-founder)
With a background in nutrition, Dagan is central to the development and ongoing evolution of the FoodEssentials database assets. Managing a team of dietitians and researchers, Dagan is constantly looking for innovative solutions to enable the scaling of our data services.
Ronak Sheth - Chief Product Officer
Ronak brings over a decade of experience in software applications, consulting, technology, manufacturing, and sales. He has helped drive strategic initiatives for global companies including Diageo, Heinz, Johnson & Johnson, Unilever, Clorox, and Jaguar across Australia, Thailand, Malaysia, India, China, Europe, and North America. Ronak earned a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.
Annie Geile - VP, Data
Annie brings to FoodEssentials her near 20 years of managing global teams, data, and processes. Previously she worked for St. Louis based Sigma-Aldrich, a Life Science and High Technology company that operates in 37 countries. Annie earned a Degree in Chemistry from Bradley University and an MBA from Fontbonne University. As a board member of the Friends of St. Louis Children’s Hospital Board, she’s worked to progress the goals of the greater community and is excited for the chance to play a part in enabling people to make better food choices.
Dan Lutger - Design Manager
Dan brings an artistic eye to a palette of data. He has been designing user interfaces and websites since the Mosiac browser and has 20 years of experience helping companies from start-ups to Fortune 500s organize information with style.
Lara Lewis - Data Collection Manager
Lara has known since the age of 12 that she wanted to work in the food industry. Currently pursuing a degree in nutrition and dietetics, she would like to work in the field of infant and toddler nutrition. Lara is excited to be helping make food label data more accessible to everyone.
Tyler Trollinger - Technology Administrator
Tyler is a talented technology all rounder, combining broad technology knowledge with natural project management and leadership skills to help administer and the technology systems, processes building efficiencies and accountability in to the system.
Brenna Koonce - Categorization Manager
Brenna studied Mass Communications at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville with an emphasis in video production. As part of the data processing team she helps with data quality and leads the team in the categorization process. She looks forward to advancing in the company and learning more about nutrition. She also hopes to put her writing and video production skills to use more in the future for FoodEssentials marketing strategies.
Yisi Wang - Data Processor
Yisi is a Registered Dietitian and a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is currently working on her master’s degree in Nutritional Sciences. She hopes, with her engineering and nutrition background, she could be the translator of food data for shoppers.
Chloe Strubelt - Data Processor
Chloe is a nutritionist with a degree in dietetics from Fontbonne University. She plans on becoming a Registered Dietetic Technician in the near future. Chloe is currently a member of the FoodEssentials Data Team working to sustain accurate, high-quality data that meets consumer and retailer needs while also reflecting present nutrition trends.
Peter Esparrago - Cultivation Capital
Peter is a General Partner at Cultivation Capital. Peter has over 25 years of global technology leadership experience in a wide variety of industries. He is Managing Partner at Growspar, a technology growth catalyst firm. Peter was CEO of IntraISP, a global BSS/OSS Software-as-a-Service company, in which he grew and sold twice (to Clearwire and Amdocs). He was President of two information security companies, Cigital and Mycroft. He was President of River City Internet Group, a holding company for various businesses (data centers, network management, ISP, WISP, SaaS, cloud storage). Peter was COO of Ariel Research, a global leader in EH&S content and software. As COO, he helped grow and sell the company to 3E. Peter also spent 16 years at Accenture, where he was a Partner and left after the IPO. Peter has an MBA in Finance from Rockhurst University, and a BS in Chemical Engineering from University of Missouri.
Shane Scott - Advisor
Shane brings industry experience to the team and is an entrepreneurial senior executive with a rock solid reputation for building high performance and process driven organizations focusing on meeting global clients’ unmet needs. His focus and strength is Global Strategic Account Management and working with business leaders across various service offerings to develop new collaborative solutions for clients. Shane’s past firm has approximately 14,000 employees world-wide and $2B in sales with a portfolio of businesses in areas of Clinical (CRO), Commercial, and Consulting.